The Boston Globe has an editorial today calling for Western intervention against the genocide going on in the Darfur region of the Sudan. It’s a compelling argument, one I have a hard time criticizing, but I find I have to nonetheless.
Over a year and a half ago, in one of the ugliest pieces I’ve ever written, quite possibly the one essay I loathe, I took a cold, hard, pragmatic look at the Darfur genocide, and considered whether or not the United States could — or should — intervene.
And my damnable conclusion: no. We could not succeed, and we ought not try.
I’m bringing this back up as a challenge: please, argue with me. Prove me wrong. Show me my errors, my faulty assumptions, my mistakes.
I’d love to see that piece I wrote in August 2004 shredded, torn to bits, and scattered to the four winds. But damn me, I just can’t see how it can be done.